Float’s Smooth Skating Wins the Day

First published in the Jan. 6 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Two turbulent pandemic years came to fruition last week for the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association as it won the Crown City Innovator Award for its 43rd float entry in the Jan. 1 Rose Parade, called “Who Says We Can’t?”
Since its formation in 1978, the LCFTRA has now won 32 awards: 10 of them for humor, six for animation and eight Founder’s Trophies. This year is the first time it has won the Innovator Award, having the “most outstanding” use of imagination, innovation and technology.
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LCFTRA Float Decorating Is Back in Action

First published in the Dec. 23 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

At long last, the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association is gearing up to host more than 1,000 local volunteers to decorate its “Who Says We Can’t” float for the Jan. 1, 133rd Rose Parade.
After the iconic parade was canceled last year due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, the LCFTRA rolled over their design concept to match that of the Tournament’s theme “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” Having now completed construction of the float’s structure, the local team of volunteers moved it earlier this week under the bridge at the Flintridge Preparatory School’s parking lot.
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Wine & Roses Celebration Is Saturday

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association will host its annual Wine & Roses Celebration this Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Flintridge Riding Club at 4 p.m.
The reception will have food, beverages and wine tasting in a casual setting.
The event will raise funds to support the design, construction and decoration of the LCFTRA’s 44th annual Rose Parade float entry, “Who Says We Can’t?” The organization’s entry has been a frequent award-winning float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade since 1979.
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Wine & Roses Celebration Is Nov. 6

The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association will host its annual Wine & Roses Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Flintridge Riding Club at 4 p.m.
The reception will have food, beverages and wine tasting in a casual setting.
The event will raise funds to support the design, construction and decoration of the LCFTRA’s 44th annual Rose Parade float entry, “Who Says We Can’t?” The organization’s entry has been a frequent award-winning float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade since 1979.
“We are proud to be a part of America’s New Year’s celebration that brings worldwide recognition to our community,” the organization said in a statement.
The float that the LCFTRA has budgeted this year is $130,000.
The cost of the Wine & Roses Celebration is $85, and the LCFTRA expects to raise $30,000 through ticket sales, sponsorships along with the live and silent auctions.
The Wine & Roses Celebration event will also introduce the 2022 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Rose Queen and the Royal Court as the LCFTRA honors the foresight and leadership of its founding members from 1979.
To learn more about LCFTRA or become a sponsor, visit lcftra.org.
LCFTRA will be following COVID-19 guidelines at the event.

LCFTRA Ready to Roll on Whimsical Float for 2022

Photo courtesy La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association
The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float entry for the 2021 Rose Parade, called “Who Says We Can’t,” will roll over to the Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2022. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association canceled the 2021 parade due to the coronavirus.

La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association is going to have a “do-over year” after the 2021 annual Rose Parade was canceled because of the pandemic.
This, said LCFTRA President Michael Davitt, will give the local nonprofit organization some time to regroup and double down efforts to engineer the whimsical float called “Who Says We Can’t?” that will showcase in the 133rd Rose Parade after the 108th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2022.
Typically, right after the parade on New Year’s Day, the LCFTRA hits the ground running to plan for the next year, and this year will be no different, Davitt noted.
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Local Volunteers Build Rose Float and, Hopefully, Tradition’s Future

“Dodo Bird Flight School”
Courtesy La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association
The completed drawing for “Dodo Bird Flight School” is the blueprint for the float that will be in the 2020 Rose Parade.

On a recent Thursday, Tim Brugarolas and Bryan Bielawa were busy twisting pieces or welding portions of the “Dodo Bird Flight School” 2020 La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float.
“Right now, I’m shaping legs for the birds,” said Brugarolas, 15, a La Cañada High School student, as a light rain fell. “I’ve never done this kind of shaping before. I’m experiencing how the springs react, twisting them, just how they tighten. Before I was working on a propeller, and now I’m working on this.” Continue reading “Local Volunteers Build Rose Float and, Hopefully, Tradition’s Future”

LCF’s Princesses, Float in Rose Parade Spotlight

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float, titled “Tree Frog Night,” won the Founder Award before taking a ride down Colorado Boulevard in the Rose Parade on Tuesday.
Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK
The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float, titled “Tree Frog Night,” won the Founder Award before taking a ride down Colorado Boulevard in the Rose Parade on Tuesday.

La Cañada Flintridge made its presence known at the 130th Rose Parade on Tuesday, winning the Founder Award for its colorful float and boasting the participation of two local Rose Princesses in the much-watched procession.
La Cañada High School senior Rucha Kadam and Flintridge Prep senior Helen Rossi, both LCF residents, took a 5.5-mile journey on a float bearing the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Continue reading “LCF’s Princesses, Float in Rose Parade Spotlight”

Obituary: Douglas ‘Dougie’ Sibbald Dolfie

Douglas ‘Dougie’ Sibbald Dolfie
Jan. 9, 1936 – Dec. 5, 2018

Douglas “Dougie” Sibbald Dolfie

Douglas “Dougie” Sibbald Dolfie passed away at Royal Oaks Manor in Bradbury on Dec. 5, 2018, from complications of heart disease.
Dougie was born Douglas Hungerford Sibbald in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 9, 1936. She was the daughter of Dr. Reginald Spalding Sibbald and Minerva Lawson Sibbald. Her father was the head of the romance language department at Ursinus College in Collegeville. Her mother was a rare woman for her time with a college degree, and a music teacher who later roamed the mountains of West Virginia instructing students in 100 schools.
Dougie graduated from Elkins High School in 1953. During those four years, she was a majorette in the marching band and proudly carried the letter “S” at all performances.
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